Wake-up call

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT -

I pur­chased my first por­ta­ble phone in 1988 and soon re­alised that talk­ing while driv­ing was dan­ger­ous. I adopted the prac­tice of pulling over if safe to do so, or stop­ping when safe to call back. I strongly be­lieve that talk­ing on the phone while driv­ing should at­tract a sim­i­lar penalty to low-range drink driv­ing, and tex­ting sim­i­lar to high-range. I have no time for fools who en­dan­ger in­no­cent lives.

Mark Hil­lard, Red­land Bay I read your ar­ti­cle with in­ter­est and much sad­ness. My mother lives in Chin­chilla and I have driven past where Kiere Rose died. I have seen the flow­ers by the road­side and won­dered about the cir­cum­stances of her death. As a road user I am ap­palled by the num­ber of driv­ers I wit­ness daily tex­ting while driv­ing. We used to sur­vive with­out phones.

Dianne Clifton, Cur­rimundi I was con­fronted by the ar­ti­cle as I saw what I thought were my be­nign be­hav­iours (check­ing texts and emails at traf­fic lights) listed next to those I con­demned (ac­tively tex­ting, tak­ing or con­duct­ing calls while driv­ing). I re­alise my hypocrisy and have put my phone away while be­hind the wheel.

Lind­sey Berger, Al­bany Creek What a waste of life for a mo­ment's dis­trac­tion. I in­sist my kids put their mobiles in a bag on the back seat set on “silent”. Ev­ery mes­sage can wait.

Name with­held, Yan­d­ina

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